It's that time of year again — time for Tour de France 2005! In preparation for the 92nd Tour, which begins on July 2nd and runs through July 24th, I've gathered a few tidbits for fellow cycling fans, including websites, blogs and Palm applications.
If you have any additional resources to share: websites, blogs or apps for mobile devices, please let me know, so I can keep this list updated.
Le Tour de France Official Website
Le Tour 2005 Flash Map
Outdoor Life Network (OLN) US Cable TV Coverage
Outside Magazine's Tour 2005 Coverage
The Daily Peleton
Capure The Peleton (Photography)
New York Times Le Tour 2005 Coverage
International Herald Tribune Le Tour Coverage
Fox Sports Tour Coverage
Le Grande Boucle (Cool combo of text and other Tour infos)
Le Tour Delicieux
Wannabe Bike Girl
Velogal's Race Blog
Frank Steele's Tour Guide for Beginners
TDF For the Rest of Us
Tour de France Quiz Book by John DT White (For trivia lovers!)
UPDATE 2005-07-07: Matt G has kindly left a direct link to the Eurosport's Live Le Tour Audio Stream (in Windows Media) in the comments, which I've added to the Streaming Audio section. I'm testing it now on OS X and it seems to be a replay of today's stage — it works! :-)
Jon in the comments left the OLN TV contact info phone number: (203) 406-2500 if you want to call and request OLN bring back web streaming.
UPDATE 2005-07-06: I've added a link above for Eurosport's streaming audio of the TDF in English, however it seems only to work properly in IE on Windows. If someone can sort out the direct URL for the stream, please leave a comment with the link!
UPDATE 2005-06-28: The DeepWeb folks and Jean-Paul Horn, chairman of the Dutch Palm User Group informed me that DeepWeb's LeTour2005 application is also available. I'd mentioned the app last year and really liked how well it worked for me. Both Ullrich Riepert and DeepWeb's Palm OS apps seem good, so be sure to check them both out.
As in years past I may post about things as I get more into the Tour. Generally I mention the wilder stages or interesting turn of events, though I'm certainly no Tour expert — simply a fan of the Tour.
I can't wait to hear Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen calling each stage live! I'm hoping OLN will provide audio streams the stages this year, though it seems we have OLN on our low-end cable package, so I might just fire up the TV in the next room and listen while I work... we'll see.
Just think, in a little more than a week it's Le Tour time again! Whoo hoo! :-)
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